Beheadings, hidden bodies and being more like bees

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Beheadings, hidden bodies and being more like bees

March’s book selection is a tantalising grab-bag of history, crime, tragedy and a spot of up lit

Jennifer Platt

This month is a bounteous season for books – everything from the ending of the Thomas Cromwell trilogy to Colum McCann’s interestingly titled Apeirogon. These are just some of the books we are excited about

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, HarperCollins

This is the final of the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Wolf Hall was released in 2009, Bring Up the Bodies in 2012 and both won the Booker Prize in their respective years. Will her finale in her epic royal drama give Mantel the hat-trick? For those who have no idea what the books are about – all three novels track Cromwell’s rise and fall. He was born a blacksmith’s son and with some serious skills he managed to become the Earl of Essex in England – emerging as Henry VIII’s most trusted adviser. In the final novel, it’s May 1536 and Anne Boleyn is decapitated. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Cromwell breakfasts with the victors and continues his climb to power and wealth. Until. Dun dun dun...

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